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Caring Santa at Auburn Mall

Place: Macy’s Home Court
Auburn Mall will welcome local families to Caring Santa. Together Noerr Programs, Ability Patch & Simon will host Caring Santa, an event dedicated to providing families a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs to visit with Santa. Many... Read More

Bob Leclaire, MCU’s modern-day Methuselah

By Rod Lee

The success of Millbury Federal Credit Union could be measured by the nearly $300 million in assets that MCU had attained by late October; an eagerly anticipated milestone for the venerable financial institution.

A better barometer of MCU’s health and vitality, however, might be the staying power of the people who have guided its destiny through the years. This is all the more impressive when the shifting... Read More

Frosty, Gingerbread Man--shopping!

By Rod Lee

To say that Frosty the Snowman and The Gingerbread Man are taken seriously in the towns of Grafton and Millbury is putting it mildly.

Both legendary creatures will be much in evidence in those Blackstone Valley North communities; although not solely in the same fashion as they were when initially introduced.

Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys are no longer around to sing “Frosty the Snowman” as th... Read More

‘Smalls’ make sense for the holidays

By Rod Lee

If the dedication that Cathy Racine, Scott Garieri and his daughter Alexandria, Mark Mitchell, the Robbins family and Bill and Nancy Cormier bring to the operation of their businesses are typical of the approach taken by other “smalls” within the South County Rt. 20 sphere, holiday-season shoppers can consider themselves in good hands.

Speaking of hands, Ms. Racine’s were briefly on the keys of the magnif... Read More

Annie’s Book Store

Not according to Patty Cryan, owner and manager of Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester. People of all ages shop for and read books in print, she maintains.

“There was a concern when books on tape, CD, and then e-books first came onto the scene. Perhaps even a small dip for a short time, but the market is very strong and consistently so,” she says. “People still love to hold an actual book, take it on vacation, read it in the tu... Read More

Monte Bianco Restaurant

By Janet Stoica

Just a short drive down Thompson Road in Webster and right over the Connecticut line is Monte Bianco Restaurant. The restaurant opened last month, not a moment too soon for local diners who like having more restaurant choices to pick from. 

Owner and head chef Manuel Campoverde is originally from Ecuador but spent decades in New York City preparing and serving his healthy and fresh international dish... Read More

Angelo’s Auto Sales and Service

Business Profile by Janet Stoica

If first impressions are lasting impressions, then Angelo Bifano, owner of Angelo’s Auto Sales in Auburn, makes the very best of impressions, on the phone and in person. His level of politeness and listening skills are second to none.

Angelo’s Auto has everything to do with your means of transportation: car, truck, or van. His mechanics provide repair services for every make and mode... Read More

Unibank coordinates holiday giving campaign

WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank recently announced that it will kick off its annual Holiday Giving campaign on November 27 to make the season brighter for individuals and families throughout the community. The campaign is part of the bank’s dedication to improving life for the communities it serves. Each UniBank branch has chosen an organization that fills a need in their community and employees support the program by making and purch... Read More

Holiday Inn Express ribbon cutting

The completion of a multi-million dollar makeover at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Auburn was formally celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 12.

Local politicians on hand to mark the occasion included State Representative Paul Frost, who read a citation for both Congressman Jim McGovern and the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and Auburn selectman Doreen Goodrich, representing  St... Read More

The Haunted Washburn Barn

By Thomas D’Agostino

Not too long ago sat in a lonely field, a decrepit barn: roof timbers sagging with age and neglect, the grass growing tall around its rotting frame, and on many occasions, the ethereal visage of four men hanging from its center beam.

The story starts in the 1820s when four men, Terrence Blunt, Andrew Marr, Calvin Longstreet and Frank “Fat Frank” Ballard all met in the small Vermont town of Water... Read More